If 2020 taught us one thing, it was the importance of being able to spend time with friends and family. With the outdoors the safest place to do that during the pandemic, homeowners began revamping their backyards, patios, and decks to be just as cozy and conducive to gatherings as their family rooms and kitchens are.
This trend is here to stay — just as reconnecting with nature led to many wanting to bring the outside in, additional time spent outside made us realize our yards could be an escape, a sanctuary, an extension of our indoor living spaces, a perfect dinner gathering or happy hour spot, or the party central we had always imagined.
What’s the best way to revamp your outdoor space? Read on for some of our favorite ideas:
A yard for all seasons – There’s a Scandinavian saying: “There’s no bad weather, only bad clothing.” Here in New England, we may not be willing to bundle up when the mercury drops too low, but we can equip our outdoor space to last through more than just the mild months. Heat lamps and fire pits to keep us warm (plus a basket of cozy blankets); retractable awnings, umbrellas, and fans to beat the heat; and even living areas that open wide to the outdoors through sliding or folding windows to seamlessly blend our spaces.
Grab a bite – Outdoor kitchens are rising in popularity for good reason. It’s fun to hang on your own patio like it’s the hottest restaurant in town! From a beautiful stone pizza oven to your very own bar to a fully-equipped professional kitchen, the possibilities are endless. Dazzle your friends and family and make your yard the place to be.
Inside out – Rather than tossing a few patio chairs on the deck and calling it a day, today’s outdoor spaces are not only stylish but are also artfully arranged to provide the right area for all your activities. Comfy couches and chairs for cocktails and game nights; sunbeds for devouring a novel al fresco; a big screen and seats for your own “drive-in” movie theater — whatever you want to do outside is possible.The right patio or deck materials set the stage, and thoughtful lighting sets the mood and lets the fun last well into the night.
How does your garden grow? Flora and fauna are booming this year. Dynamic landscaping will create the perfect ambiance for your outdoor space. Looking for a hobby? A flower or vegetable garden will give you something to dive into and put fresh flowers or produce on your table when trips to the market are scarce. Give yourself something beautiful to look at and feel your mood change.
Is your head spinning with possibilities? Book a free consultation and let us make your dream outdoor space a reality.